Drawing from two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven,” the installation explores what happens when literary texts are lifted from the “page to the stage” and then reimagined through the use of new technology.
Examining the concept of “shadow” through text, image, and sound, the project is inspired by Poe’s texts themselves and by nineteenth-century crankies, an art form in which an illustrated scroll is unwound in a circular fashion, revealing images that complement a spoken story or song. The images are then backlit to create a shadow play.
Our team has reached back in time while looking forward: the project was designed specifically for the Cube, using 360-degree video projection and spatial sound across 140 loudspeakers. The immersive audio environment of the Cube takes advantage of our natural ability to hear and process multiple, simultaneous aural events.
Throughout "The Tell-Tale Heart," look for our small tributes to some great moments in motion design, including Saul Bass’s title sequence for Anatomy of a Murder and Lewis Carroll's nineteenth-century literary icon, the Cheshire Cat. And listen for echoes (or sound shadows) of familiar modern-day sounds coupled with sounds from the distant past.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” performed by Austin Burch
“The Raven” performed by Liv Wisnewski, Reiss Gidner, and Erika Koekkoek
Graphic Design and Visuals: Meaghan A. Dee
Sound Design and Engineering: Tanner Upthegrove
Text Curation and Direction: Amanda Nelson and Natasha Staley, with Ashley Reed
Photography: Dongsoo Choi
Virtual Reality Component Design: Dillon Cutaiar, Chris Miller, and Todd Ogle
Project Manager: Liz Kurtzman
Production: The Moss Arts Center Staff and Crew